Can a self-published author’s perky tweets lead to a book deal? How do editors and authors make a four-part series intriguing enough to keep readers waiting for the next installment? And exactly what goes into cover design for a women’s fiction series? All of these questions (and more besides!) will be answered during this three-part Behind the Scenes at a Publishing House series with Transworld Publishing editor Harriet Bourton and Ivy Lane author Cathy Bramley. You can read part one here. Over to you, ladies.
After submitting a synopsis for Ivy Lane to Harriet, I spent the next week fleshing out the basic idea. By the time I sat down to write it, I’d done a whole story plan and knew exactly what the plot was going to be. I began to write it just as if we were releasing it as a full novel but instead of waiting until I’d got to the end of first draft of the entire thing, I sent each part to Harriet as soon as I’d finished it. Which was completely nerve-racking. We had to work fairly fast because the publication date for the first part was early April, and we’d started in January.
Because Cathy had so carefully planned the story arc in advance I knew where the story would be taking me but not exactly how, so the editorial process still felt fresh and fun. The editorial suggestions I gave Cathy mainly focussed around developing character motivations and backstory.